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Interests: Theology, Technology, Calvinism, Apologetics, Conservatism
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I'd like to know a few somethings that should be simple based on the comments I've seen here. Something #1) Is there such a thing as "right" and "wrong"? Something #2) If so, can we know it? Who defines it? Something #3) If not, does it really matter? Something #4) If it doesn't matter, why do you care to argue what it is or isn't, whether anyone is characterizing it properly, or why anyone should believe you?
Agree about the Rob Bell thing - if a pastor recommends a book by Rob Bell (other than, of course, to exercise your discernment gift and refute it) RUN from that church. But, I absolutely disagree with comments here like this: "First mistake (in the clip): Recommending the study of other books over the Bible." "recommending extra-Biblical books isn't a good sign" I'm sorry, but there is much to learn by studying extra biblical books. Take these for instance: 1. Pilgrim's Progress 2. Grudem's Systematic Theology 3. "The Death of Death in the Death of Christ" 4. "Pierced for our Transgressions" 5. "The Holiness of God" the list goes on and on. When I recommend those books, and I do wholeheartedly recommend those books, I am not recommending those over the Bible, but I would say that every serious Christian should have an array of such books in their library. If for no other reason than to learn from those who came before us. We need not reinvent doctrine every generation as a friend of mine suggested we do. If that were the case, I would suggest that a church service consist ONLY of people reading their bibles in private. What is a sermon if it is not the possible chapter of an extra-biblical book? Coram Deo! Jeff.